North Atlantic Treaty Organisation insists it's united at end of raucous, divisive summit

Tony Abbott has backed Donald Trump's calls for NATO allies to lift defence spending

Camera Icon Tony Abbott has backed Donald Trump's calls for NATO allies to lift defence spending

The early morning drama was part of two days of diplomatic theatre in Brussels, as allies tried to shield a post-war world order from his "America first" demands.

The NATO communique says that two-thirds of countries have plans to meet the spending target by 2024, and that, "all Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms".

"Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before". Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really awesome ... "

And while all member nations have agreed, in principle, to work toward the 2 percent spending goal, each country is ultimately beholden to unique political processes and must consult with their respective parliaments to secure increased military spending. "Now we're very happy and we have a very, very powerful, very very strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

"The commitment was at two percent and that'll be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

President Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, July 12, 2018.

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters she's comfortable with the Trump-Putin summit, but it "depends very much on outcomes".

Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality".

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, amid an ongoing USA investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

Trump's attack, including one where he called Germany a "captive to Russian Federation", apparently was a big show, that Trump wanted to do right away, when cameras were on.

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"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump will hold several of his key meetings outside of London, participating in a formal arrival ceremony and attending a dinner with UK Prime Minister Theresa May outside of London, in Oxfordshire. "I mean, I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration". "I don't know that is what they voted for".

"What you spend on a military budget doesn't necessarily automatically lead to greater capacity to contribute to NATO's defence", he said.

And, a reminder, that for all the insults thrown and the agreements threatened over the past few years, seldom has Mr Putin caught the ire of Mr Trump.

He remained noncommittal on whether the United States might recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, which the United States views as illegal.

The Bulgarian President, formerly the commander of the Air Force before being elected head of state on a ticket backed by the opposition socialists, used Trump's statements to take a sideswipe at Bulgaria'scentre-right government, saying that Bulgaria was "reluctant" to allocate funds to the armed forces.

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